Rigging Hubs resulted out of discussions I described in the Tripple Whammy post the other day.
The aim was to come up with a device that could act an easy interface between metal connectors and textile elements, such as slings or rigging lines. It should provide the possibility of direct attachment with connectors, as well as directly knotting onto it – also it should be possible for the device to accommodate running ropes. As such it needed to have rope friendly radii and surfaces, be tolerant of funky loading and intuitive in use. The result was the two sizes of Rigging Hubs…
The uses we foresaw were initially 2D uses, i.e. in an up/ down and left/ right orientation, whether this is in a rigging application, drifting masses between two anchor points, as a base anchor or as a floating climbing anchor point.
On the way we also came up with some off-beat applications, sure there’s plenty more you can come up with 😉
Increasingly though we had questions regarding 3D use, i.e. horizontal orientation and loading of the Rigging Hubs. Initially we were not able to answer this question, as it had not been tested in that orientation. However, we requested DMM to do the additional tests which demonstrated that the Hubs have an ample breaking strain in that orientation and consequently ended up with even more uses.
This process resulted in a super-strong, super-versatile piece of kit that has many uses and, looking back, I wish I had had for a number of technical rigging jobs, as it makes your life so much easier when inter-connecting hardware and textiles.